"I Am Deborah" Members Support the Women of The
Black Panther Party (BPP) As They Speak at the DuSable Museum of
African American History
Former women members of The Black Panther Party talk about
the structure, philosophy, strategies, ideals and men of The
Black Panther Party.
Pictured (L to R): Dr. Tracye Matthews, Black Panther
Scholar - University of Chicago; and Ericka Huggins, formerly of the
California Chapter, Oakland Branch; Charlotte O'Neal (Mama C) formerly
of the Kansas Chapter, Kansas City Branch; Joan Gray and Dr. Yvonne King,
both formerly of the Illinois Chapter, Chicago Branch, all former
members of The Black Panther Party.
Black Panther Party was responsible for instituting many social programs,
such as: free breakfast for children, free community medical services,
free clothing, free escorts for seniors, and free food programs
ultimately became part of nationally public policy.
Often overlooked in the history of the Panthers is the
invaluable role of women in the Party. Had it not been for the presence
of Black women, there would not have been a viable Black Panther Party.
Women formerly of the The
Black Panther Party and women of The Deborah Movement, including
Carol Adams, CEO
of the DuSable Museum (center), join to talk about
strategy and institution building at this session on Thursday, May 13,
2010, at the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago,
Black Panther Party Women at George Jackson Memorial,
is the difference between the women of The Black Panther Party and the
women of today?
Since The Deborah Movement was founded two weeks ago, here
are some of the victories and actions of the Movement:
100 Deborahs delivered a letter to the Chicago Police
Superintendent asking him to let them participate in the policing of our
10 Deborah's counseled young teen girls who were involved in
a mob/box cutter fight.
Deborahs attended Rainbow PUSH with Rev. Jesse Jackson in a
show of solidarity with women from sororities and other women's
100 Deborahs held a "Peace in the Hood" vigil on
Deborahs attended a meeting convened by state legislators to
give their position on "Bringing in the National Guard" to
patrol our streets.
Deborahs helped to organize and support 200 plus people in
Gary, Indiana honoring the death of a 5-year-old boy allegedly killed by
Deborahs attended a session in honor of the women of the
Black Panther Party at the DuSable Museum.
Deborahs have been acknowledge in newspaper, on television
and on the radio constantly over the past two weeks.
You cannot fix the
problems in your community if you do not try. Many women complain about
what is happening in there communities and then they do nothing to change
it. These women have no right to complain! Join
Deborah Movement. Get into action! Become the solution! Save our communities!!
Save our children!!! Start A Deborah Chapter in Your city. Please
call 773.285.9600 for more information on The Deborah Movement.
Gary Commission on the Social Status of Black Males and
Gary Mayor Rudy Clay Honor the Death of Leon Walker, 5 years old
Chicago's "I Am Deborah" Members Support Sister
and Brothers in Gary, Indiana
Walker, 5 years old
than 200 rally near where Leon Walker, 5, died
Gary, Indiana Mayor Rudy Clay, Brother Bennie Muhammad,
Sister Muhammad and others from Gary call for "Peace in the
May 13, 2010
A crowd of at least 100 people
marched through Glen Park on Wednesday night, pausing to pray in front of
the red brick house where 5-year-old Leon Walker was beaten to death on
Armed with signs reading "Stop
The Violence" and "Peace in the Hood," speakers called for
the community to come together and end violence in the streets of Gary in
front of the house in the 3900 block of Virginia Street.
Walker's father, Leon Burns, and Burns'
girlfriend, Rochelle Johnson, have been charged with murder.
Bennie Muhammad, who serves as the executive
director of the Gary Commission on the Social Status of Black Males, said
he was inspired to organize the march and "love gathering"
after attending a similar event in Chicago.
"We're coming together in a
feeling of love and condolence," Muhammad said. "When one of us
is maimed, all of us are maimed."
Muhammad said Walker's funeral arrangements have
been paid for by donations from caring community members and that funeral
services will proceed. Walker's body has been at Divinity Funeral Home
for two weeks since the Lake County Coroner's Office finished his
Elizabeth Woods, who works in the city's
department of children and family services, echoed the need for people to
"There's too much senseless abuse going
on," Woods said. "We have to educate parents that there are
other ways to deal with their anger. Sometimes it's the same way they
were treated as children."
Social worker Jerri Glass, who works at Thea
Bowman Leadership Academy, agreed with Woods.
"We both feel very passionately that we are
losing too many young lives far too soon," Glass said. "We need
to educate not only for parents but youth as well because it starts
provided by The Black Star Project
Gary women named "Deborah" holds signs calling for
"Peace in the Hood!"
More than 200 people gathered to pray for young brother Leon
Walker, 5 years old.
Supporters stop in front of the house where young brother
Leon Walker was killed.
The Black Star Community PTA Heads into Its Second Year of
Congratulations to Mrs. Cynthia Flowers, Our Founding
Star Community PTA Meeting
May 15, 2010
am -11:00 am
South King Drive, Suite 2B
Your attendance is requested at the next Black Star
Community PTA & League of Black Parents meeting. All schools need
engaged parents, a well-functioning Local School Council (LSC) and an
active, viable PTA.
- Be the change YOU wish to see in
YOUR child's school!
- Help us choose and vote on a new
slate of officers for the Black Star Community PTA
- Discuss strategies to improve
education for our children
- Learn of the power of The
- Help create summer activities
for our children
- Come get involved! Find out what
you can do about it and how you can be heard!
Providence St. Mel High School Is Looking for Next Year's
Congrautlation to the class of 2010! Please call
773.722.2222 to register your child in one of the best schools in
The Black Star Project is recruiting young males 13- to
18-years old for the Black Star Warrior, Scholar, Healer Mentor
The Black Star Project is recruiting 50 young males between
13- and 18-years old for our Warrior, Scholar, Healer Mentor Program.
Mothers have been great raising their sons but they cannot do it alone.
One of the glaring weaknesses of the Black community is the paucity of
quality mentor programs to support youth, families, schools and
The Black Star Project has found very few in communities of need in
Chicago and those that exist have almost no funding for this important
The Warrior, Scholar, Healer Mentor Program meets four times a month; has
a one mentor to 4 youth ratio; works on the issues of respecting elders;
teaches youth to value education; teaches youth to honoring parents,
young women and girls; teaches youth to be leaders and not followers;
connects youth to positive male role models; travels to other parts of
the city on field trips; brings in guest speakers; practices
self-discipline; and more.
Youth must live between 2200 South and 5500 South in Chicago to
participate in this program.
information about the Warrior, Scholar, Healer Mentor Program, please
call Comella or Chris at 773.285.9600. The Black Star Warrior,
Scholar, Healer Mentor Program will be based at 3509 South King Drive,
Suite 2B in Chicago, Illinois.